Mumbai, Nagpur to have zoos of international standard

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Mumbai, Jun 18 (UNI) Maharashtra forest minister Babanrao Pachpute today said Nagpur and Mumbai will soon have zoos of international standards, with an investment of Rs 600 crore.

Speaking to reporters here, Mr Pachpute said while, in the metropolis the zoo will be set up on 200 acre land at Sanjay Gandhi national park near Goregaon here, in Nagpur it will be developed on 1800 acre land at Boriwada.

Both the zoos will be developed with the help of South Africa, for which MoU has also been signed, and will include an investment of around Rs 300 crore each zoo. Primary proposal for both the projects have been prepared and the work will commence soon either on Built Operate and Transfer Basis or by forming a government company, he said.

He said around 50,000 people are expected to visit both the zoos, which will include animals form South Africa, per day. However, he did not specify the date of commencement and completion of the work.

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